A local court in Rajasthan has accepted the police plea to investigate further a cow smuggling case against a truck operator and the two sons of Pehlu Khan, who was lynched two years ago for allegedly transporting the animals illegally.
While the Rajasthan Police had registered a case of murder soon after the Haryana resident’s death in April 2017, it was also investigating the cow smuggling charge.
The Ashok Gehlot government faced criticism recently after a chargesheet was filed against Khan’s sons, Irshad and Aarif, and truck operator Khan Mohammad.
Mr. Gehlot had then said the police could reinvestigate aspects of the cow smuggling case, registered when the BJP government was in power. Days later, the police filed an application in court seeking permission to conduct a further probe.
Behror Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court has accepted the police plea, Assistant Public Prosecutor Pradeep Agarwal told PTI on July 11.
The police argued that Pehlu Khan’s sons have said they were going to sell the animals in Tapukara in Rajasthan’s Alwar, contrary to the investigation earlier, which suggested that the cows were being taken to another State.
Also, the truck operator has claimed that he had sold the vehicle to someone else before the incident took place. If proved correct, this could absolve him of the charge that he was involved in transporting cattle illegally.
The three had been charged under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, which allows transportation of cattle only after getting permission from the administration.